Seattle’s saint (sort of)

by Kevin Birnbaum

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first U.S. citizen to be canonized. Born in Italy in 1850, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880 and, at the urging of Pope Leo XIII, traveled to New York in 1889. Mother Cabrini founded sixty-seven missionary institutions all around the U.S., South America, and Europe—including in Seattle. She became a U.S. citizen in 1909, and she died in 1917 in Chicago. She was canonized in 1946.